A pair of Menlo Park residents played big parts in rallying the Brown women's volleyball team past host Georgia State 25-19, 15-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-9 in a nonconference match played in Atlanta on Sunday.
The victory gives the Bears an 8-2 record heading into their Ivy League opener at Yale on Saturday. Brown matched the best start after 10 matches in school history,
Former Menlo-Atherton standout Eliza Grover recorded five of her match-high 18 kills in the fifth set and Menlo School product Kristin Sellers produced a double-double with 40 assists and 10 digs.
The Bears have made remarkable progress since finishing 5-19 in 2016, They have improved each year since and finished 11-13 last year under new coach Ahen Kim. Grover was named to the All-Ivy League team.
Brown has not won more than 12 matches in a season since its last winning year in 2001 (16-11).
Menlo School alum Ashley Dreyer plays for Yale (4-5). She appeared in her first match of the season in a three-set victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday.
Former Sacred Heart Prep standout Brendan Carney will be in attendance when Marquette holds it Marquette Madness Night on Friday, October 4, at the Al McGuire Center.
Carney won't be in the crowd though, he'll be one of the players introduced in this students-only event. He made the final roster.
The celebration serves as the annual introduction of the men's and women's basketball teams to the Marquette student body. Both squads will hold open practices the following day.